My Climate Journey 2019

My Climate Journey

My Climate Journey documents Jason Jacobs’ (founder and former CEO of Runkeeper) journey from software entrepreneur into the world of climate change.

Helped conceptualize, build, and now run the My Climate Journey podcast with Jason Jacobs .

The podcast interviews politicians, business leaders, investment managers, entrepreneurs, scientists, academics, and philanthropists, highlighting the work they are doing to address climate change.

Past guests include: Matt Rodgers the Co-Founder of Nest, Pat Brown the founder of Impossible Foods, Gustaf Alstromer of Y Combinator, Saul Griffith the founder of OtherLab, Bill Weihl of Google & Facebook, Dan Yates the founder of OPower, Bob Mumgaard the Co-Founder of Commonwealth Fusion Systems, and Daniel Hullah of GE Ventures.

Shrug Capital 2018

Shrug Capital

Shrug Capital is a venture capital firm investing in consumer startups.

Shrug’s portfolio consists of Superhuman, HQ Trivia, Atoms, Sandbox VR, Omni, Nuzzle, Superplastic, among many others.

Worked alongside Managing Partner Niv Dror.

Helped conduct pitch meetings, track deal flow, and run an informal internship program focused on beta testing apps for existing portfolio companies and gathering feedback on potential investments.

Product Manager 2016 - 2017

Product Manager
2016 - 2017

Long known as a leader for maps and directions, MapQuest helps more than 40MM internet and mobile users per month.

Joined as a result of the Mapkin acquisition in the Spring of 2016.

Helped drive integration of Mapkin's unique natural guidance technology into the company's product stack.

Expanded the enhanced natural guidance coverage into new markets including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Product manager for tool improvements that allowed for quicker planning, collection, and processing of enhanced natural guidance directions.

Head of Marketing & Community 2014 - 2016

Head of Marketing & Community
2014 - 2016

Mapkin is a GPS app that used crowdsourced data to provide turn-by-turn directions like a local.

Joined as employee number three to lead Marketing and Community.

Planned and executed the app launch which resulted in a feature on the front page of the App Store, Apple featuring Mapkin as a Best New App, and a top spot on Product Hunt.

Developed and ran the company's data acquisition strategy–an essential part of delivering Mapkin's key value prop.

Managed a team of over 10 direct reports (full time and part time contractors).

*Mapkin was acquired by Verizon (via MapQuest) in the Spring of 2016

Head of Community 2013 - 2014

Head of Community
2013 - 2014

Change Heroes is a fundraising platform that allowed individuals to raise money on behalf of non profit partners.

Joined as employee number six after being one of the platform's first beta users.

Led the initial brainstorm and planning for company’s largest fundraising campaign ($800k raised in a 6 month period).

Developed the company’s first donor stewardship system in collaboration with non-profit partners.

Delivered keynote speeches about the company's mission and social entrepreneurship in the US & Canada.

Financial Advisor 2012 - 2013

Financial Advisor
2012 - 2013

The worlds largest investment management and brokerage firm.

Hired as one of the company's youngest employees.

Formed Wealth Management team that managed $150M in client assets.

Responsible for new business development and client relations.

Licensed: Series 7 General Securities Representative, Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law, CSNA

Student 2008 - 2011

2008 - 2011

One of the nation's leading undergraduate business schools.

Major in Finance, Minor in Economics.

Graduated in just over 3 years.

Graduated with great honor and distinction, magna cum laude, President's List.

Member of: Bentley University Honor Society, The International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma, Financial Management Association National Honor Society.

What I've Done

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Bentley University, where I graduated magna cum laude in just over three years. At 21, I joined Merrill Lynch—the world’s largest investment management and brokerage firm—as one of the company’s youngest employees (I've always wanted to confirm that claim in writing with Merrill's HR department). During my time at Merrill, I helped build a wealth management team that managed over $150M in private client assets.

Outside of work, I was involved in various philanthropic initiatives and charitable causes. After watching a TEDx talk about a fundraising platform that would help groups of friends raise enough money to build a schoolhouse for children in need, I immediately sent off a cold email to the speaker. After exchanging a few emails, I went on to become one of the startup's (Change Heroes) first beta users and successfully raised $10,000 to fund the construction of a schoolhouse in Africa (thanks to the help and support of my generous friends). The next thing I knew, I was in the Narok County of Kenya meeting the children who would be attending the newly built school. While there, I was featured in a mini-documentary about the charity's work and the school's impact which can be viewed here.

In the summer of 2013, I ended up leaving my job in finance to follow my newfound passion for startups and joined Change Heroes full time. I spent a year and a half helping build the platform, cultivate the community, and manage the donor base. In 2015, I was given the opportunity to return to Boston to lead Marketing and Community for another early stage startup (Mapkin) that was building a new type of GPS app for the iPhone. At Mapkin, I helped launch and market the app, build and support the community, and develop and manage the data acquisition strategy. Mapkin was featured on the front page of the App Store, recognized by Apple as a Best New App, and acquired by Verizon (via MapQuest) in the spring of 2016.

Post-acquisition, I've spent my time helping startups and investment funds. Most recently, I ran an informal internship program for Niv Dror at Shrug Capital and helped Jason Jacobs (founder and former CEO of Runkeeper) launch his next project 'My Climate Journey' (a podcast focused on climate change).

How I've Helped

I'm a problem solver. I've solved problems in the investment industry, the social enterprise industry, and the consumer technology and startup industry. I thrive in situations where I'm tasked with finding and creating solutions with limited resources.

In my career I have:

  • made multimillion dollar investment decisions for high-net-worth individuals and families

  • built and managed a donor stewardship program for thousands of donors whose cummulative donations were in the millions

  • hired and managed a data acquisition team of over 10 direct reports

My strength lies within my versatility and adaptability to solving problems with no clear solutions. I've demonstrated this ability in a number of different scenarios that have required vastly different resources. I pride myself on being a generalist that doesn't fit neatly into a box. I can execute across a variety of industries thanks to an obsessive focus on organization and a relentless desire to finish the task at hand.

I've forced myself to get comfortable being uncomfortable. I'm constantly seeking opportunities to operate in areas outside of my expertise. If you're interested in working together or think I could help you or your business, please say hello.

You can find more information on LinkedIn.